Sunday, May 31, 2009

Beacon's Closet Scores: Leather Motorcycle Jacket & Redonk Heels

Dropped some stuff off at the Park Slope Beacon's Closet today and exchanged some old stuff for some new-old stuff, including... these ridiculous...LY AWESOME brown leather studded heels from Italian brand B&H or Bag-Het or something. They're studded but not in a super on-trend way, which I kinda like. They were $15.95 and in perfect condition.

And, for some bizarre reason, this PERFECTLY fantastic old-school black leather motorcycle jacket from Bona Drag (seriously!) was just sitting there! Waiting for me! For just $29!

It's currently available at Bona Drag for $95. For real.

+ Past Beacon's Closet scores...

Saturday, May 30, 2009


($360, Stuart Weitzman, Zappos)
Not only are these Stuart Weitzman Trianon a fashion MIRACLE -- I mean LOOK at that Deco heel. Could you DIE and come back to LIFE? -- but they'd match my Jenny Packham wedding dress (bought it, btw, at Mark Ingram. Totally painless, and they were wonderful!) PERFECTLY. It's like Jenny Packham and Stuart Weitzman collaborated and MADE my dress to GO with these flipping GORGEOUS heels. Like to borrow a line from Beauty Blogging Junkie's Amber, I'm breathing into a bag over these. HOWEVER, I'm out for BLOOD because they're only available in a 9.5. I breathlessly emailed Zappos who were all like "oh, you're a total doll, lovey, but you're SHIT OUT OF FUCKING LUCK BECAUSE WE'RE NOT GETTING ANY MORE IN." (They didn't swear, but still.) SO NOW WHAT?

Look, I realize that if I DON'T get these, it's not the end of the world. I know I've lived a Very Good Life and that I'm really truly fucking blessed just to have functioning body systems and arms and legs and hands and feet, but speaking of feet, I WOULD STEAL THESE OFF OF SOMEONE'S ACTUAL FEET -- RIP THEM OFF THEIR ANKLES (if they were a size 8). LIKE, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? WHO DO I NEED TO SLEEP WITH TO GET THESE IN A SIZE 8? Because I'll do it, and I'll sleep with them (quickly, drunkenly, and then deny that it ever hapened). I'm effing serious here.

Anyone know anyone in Stuart Weitzman PR? Anyone know Stuart Weitzman? I REFUSE to believe that there isn't a size 8 sitting in a warehouse somewhere. And I... I'm gonna go Nancy Drew on Stuart Weitzman ass and I'ma FIND 'EM!


Private Sample Sale: Foley + Corinna Bags

Not sure if this is still going on (sorry dudes - late pass), but Foley + Corrina in the Lower East Side is (was?) having a private handbag sample sale. Call 'em up at 212-529-2338 to see if you can get an appointment to check out what's left of their selection of bags at 50 - 75% off.

I wouldn't be mad at their Mid City Tote in Ombre for like $200 or so. (Normally it's over $400.) Anyone gone? Went? Lemme know!

Saturday Sale! Aloha Rag

NYers, check out Aloha Rag's sample sale. It's today --

When: Saturday, May 30th.
Where: 505 Greenwich between Spring & Canal
What: 40 - 70% women's and men's -- Alexander Wang, Repetto (!!!), 3.1 Phillip Lim, Giuseppe Zanotti, Martin Margiela, etc. What?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Pedro Garcia = Shoe Porn

($237, Pedro Garcia,
Pedro Garcia's knotted platform in dusty rose. What I wouldn't do to these...

PS: Overstock has a dece amount of Pedro Garcia shoes.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

FashionBinge Demonstrates Fortitude: Mike & Chris Chapman Jacket

($745, Mike & Chris,
Wants versus needs, wants versus needs. I am demonstrating DISCIPLINE and FORTITUDE by not rationalizing how this Mike & Chris leather jacket is SUCH a good deal (even though it is) and how I work hard (because I do) and therefore DESERVE IT (because I DO!)... I'll just let it... sit there. And admire it from afar. Sigh.

+ Shop the Net-a-porter sale. Or don't. It's still depressingly overpriced.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Charlotte Ronson Sample Sale: She Shops, She SCORES!

NYCers, get thee to the Charlotte Ronson sample sale. You WILL NOT leave sorry. Or emptyhanded.

Stuff I got:
Bijou espadrilles -- AVEC pyramid studs! For $30! Whut? This will be my FIRST foray into espadrilles and/or wedges. I'm skeeered! White ones available at

Denimy motorcycle jacket. Originally $279. Sample sale: $50. It's a little big, but whatevs. The asymmetrical zipper = win.

For real-cute embroidered top, except I got it in heather grey, and I'll somehow be able to resist the urge to pull it up and reveal my navel. Somehow, I'll just be able to do that. I think it was like $15! Srsly!

Charlotte Ronson sample sale:
Wednesday, May 27th through Friday, May 29th
1071 Sixth Ave between 40th and 41st Sts, suite 301 (212-643-4810)

What Is This J. Crew Catalog Trying To Tell Me?

Anyone else get the June 2009 J. Crew catalog? (Um, which I wouldn't even GET if it weren't for a CERTAIN BRIDESMAID'S DRESS... ahem... JK LOVE YOU MEAN IT LOVE YOUR HAIR HOPE YOU WIN!)

Anyone else notice that the model on the cover is holding a REALLY large flower? A flower in bloom? Page 4 informs the reader that the flowers are one-of-a-kind, not available for purchase (pity, that) and that they "just couldn't resist" using them for the shoot... They COULDN'T resist using an ENORMOUS flower that's full of folds and may or may conjure images and ideas of labial folds?

I mean, there is basically an enormous Georgia O'Keefe-style FLOWER VAGINA sitting on my coffee table right now. I'm uncomfortable.

Skeptical? Here's a closeup shot:

You could at least buy me dinner first.

Bridal Binge: Ring-a-ling!

I'm now literally dreaming about the Piaget Possession ring, but this one is calling my name now, too....

Tiffany Frank Gehry Torque ring in 18k white gold, $650.

UPDATE: This ring is soooo not right. It was all square and mannish looking on my finger. Didn't fit with my engagement ring at all. The lady straight up told me not to do it, and that I should get a "classic" platinum ring and "leave the funky" for other areas of my wardrobe. However, none of the other Tiffany rings spoke to me. Le sigh.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Peacock Maxi Dress For Tall, Lanky, Hippie Chicks

($178, VaVa by Voom, Unique-Vintage)
I am not tall, lanky, nor a hippie, but I seriously fucking LOVE a peacock... On me, this peacock maxi dress would probably make me look like a 5'1" human-peacock hybrid with boobs and curly hair, but if you're tall and leggy, go for it. It's by VaVa by Voom.

More maxi dress loves:
+ Isabella Oliver jersey maxi dresses
+ What Comes Around Goes Around Copa maxi dress

I'm Having A Garden Party, And Betty Draper Is Invited!

($118, French Connection, Macy's)
Betty Draper's too busy shooting Season 3 of Mad Men to come to my garden party, but if I were having a garden party, and she were coming, you know she'd whip up some fantastic Jell-O mold, no doubt while smoking, glamorously, of course -- because smoking while cooking was SUPER glam back in the early '60s -- and she'd probably wear something like this classic belted floral garden party dress by French Connection. Oh, and check out the butterfly (I think that's a butterfly -- or a butterfly lady dragon or something?) detailing on throughout the print -- it updates the whole look and keeps it from looking too period.

+ More Mad Men-inspired fashion!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

WTF Files: Cheap Monday Polka Dot Jeans

($49, Cheap Monday, Urban Outfitters)
Look, I've worn a lot of Really Stupid Shit. Usually on purpose. Usually at parties, and usually because that Stupid Shit's only gotten funnier as the night's gotten later. Also, I can take a joke. And I LOVE Cheap Monday. But the joke's gone too far this time. These polka dot jeans are an affront on good taste. Seriously, can we just not and also say we didn't?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Guy Gear: Penfield's Cotton Hooded Buttondown Shirt

Usually the Binge no habla mucho menswear, but I couldn't resist this innovative twist on the classic buttondown gingham shirt. It's a buttondown AND it's got a HOOD, y'all.

Like the electric hammer, this is one of those perfect examples where I'm just absolutely amazed it took someone THIS. LONG. to upgrade something so obvious.

($60, Penfeld,

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Guilty Pleasure Files: Ridiculous Rainbow Coven Skirt!

Dudes, I KNOW it looks like a deflated circus tent, but I not-so-secretly fucking LOVE this Coven skirt... (Coven as in the Brazilian label)

You can buy it at... this Russian site. But I don't speak Russian. Um, so it's... 19 220 руб, marked down from 27 450 руб(!!!) Um, yeah! Viva la Moscow!

Why, God, Why: Leather Leggings

($955, Les Chiffoniers,
I mean... They're leggings. And they're LEATHER. They're ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. And they're SOLD OUT!?!?? During an economic FREE FALL? Fail on every level.

Hooray, Sales!

I've been to two sales in two days, and damn it feels good. There's one cute Anthro skirt and one cute Urban top missing, but here's the rest of my haul:

Thistlepearl button top, $19.99. I'm wearing this today and it is sweeeeeet.

Hersey Shibori scarf, $24.99 online; $9.99 in store. I'm really feeling scarves these days.... This one is very soft and long. Love it.

Ecote Multi Screen Skimmer, $29.99 online; $19.99 in store. These shoes are insanely comfortable.

I also recently bought these Kimchi and Blue peeptoe flats, on sale for $28. Kinda trendy but highly wearable. I'm totally stocking up on flats for this summer.

Pigmented canvas trousers (aka jeans), $49.95. Great fit and feel. These might be my "white jeans" for the summer. Even though they're gray, or, in the parlance of Anthropologie, "blue."

Diagonal divide skirt, $59.95 online; $29.95 in store. I love the fullness of the skirt.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I believe there's a canvas that needs hanging:

Bridal Binge: Ring Edition, Vol. 3

With less than three months to go, I really need to get a wedding band up in this piece. I keep going to stores and finding things that would probably work but that I'm not 100% in love with. And oughtn't one to be entirely in love with the one piece of jewelry they'll wear forever? (Unless you're like my friend Alison, who keeps buying herself new engagement and wedding bands, which seems like a perfectly acceptable and fun option also.) Here's a few I'm thinking about right now, although I plan on hitting jewelry stores both at lunch and after work today. (I wore comfortable shoes.)

Oh, but first. So you know. Here is my engagement ring:

It's by Sholdt. I love its modern simplicity and feel so lucky that Carl got it so right.

Piaget mini "Possession" ring, $1,500 with diamonds in 18k white gold; $900 sans bling. That top part spins! I like this because it seems different but is still classic, with clean modern lines. And there are seven diamonds for good luck. And Eva Longoria has one!

Yesterday I went to one of Alison's favorite jewelry haunts, DVVS in Chelsea. The woman who helped me was very nice, and they had some nice rings for very reasonable prices. For the first time I think I had reverse sticker shock. This ring, for instance:

A modified version of this is currently a serious contender. I'd want it a lot slimmer, with the line centered, and maybe more and smaller diamonds more spread out. Or not. They do custom work so it's all up to me. This ring is only $450, looks great with my engagement ring, and is supercomfortable.

Kevin Plunkett organic twist band, $455. Now, I know this looks extremely "organic," as in it looks like the gold version of what a child might make with a snake of clay, but I swear it looked pretty good with my ring in the store. This picture is TERRIBLE and in person the ring really doesn't look anything like it does here. I liked that it had interesting lines and texture but didn't compete with my ring. It's still sort of in the running.

Links of London Triple Ring, $190. It's in sterling silver, though.

This Ritani eternity band is kinda cool, too.

I don't think this one is quite me (not so into mixing metals), but I wanted to point out that I think Nina Dinoff's alterna-eternity band is very cool. It's $195 for sterling silver and 18k gold dots.

Finally, I love the idea of this ring, Hearts On Fire's Felicity pointed wedding band. The pointed tip echoes the notched setting of my engagement ring. But there's a lotta bling there, and it would almost certainly compete with the e-ring. I think.

I'm almost afraid to say it, but what do YOU think?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

You So NEED A Sequined Jacket For Fall... TRUST.

The prospect of sequined blazers make me SO wish it were fall instead of almost summer. And when it comes to sequins, I like my sequined apparel like I like my Waffle House hash browns: smothered and covered. Seriously, go big, go hard, or go home. Because you know what looks cheap and shoddy? Like three or four sequins timidly schlocked onto a tank top. SNORE, and go ask your grandma about that. Because you know what looks BOWIE as fuck? A cropped, fitted jacket FUCKING COVERED in sequins. (And check Project Rungay for a comprehensive list of designers who welcomed back the sequin for Fall 2009.)

Anyway, while this sequined jacket from the Chanel 2009 Resort collection is, ostensibly, just beyond my reach:... like in every way imaginable...

This sequined Topshop jacket is the do run run...
($370, Topshop)
True, $370 is "a lot of money," but a sequined jacket is an investment in your fashion future, and I read the newspapers (sometimes), and now is the time to INVEST (right? isn't it?)

($755, Les Chiffoniers,
It's also half the price of this gold sequined Les Chiffoniers jacket, which is intense. I mean, if I had a spare $755 and was in the market for a gold sequined jacket, which I am, this would be it.

($795, Diane Von Furstenberg,
I do have to say, I am NOT feeling this DVF sequined jacket. It's way too long in that kind of uncomfortable way when a bad joke won't end and just keeps going and going... Also, it's kind of fugnasty. And I don't care if it was glorious on Whitney Port. WE are not Whitney Port. Let her KEEP it. Team Topshop!

($332, Adam,

Monday, May 18, 2009

Do I Do It? Slow and Steady Wins the Race Wedge Sandals

I've been slowly, steadily fantasizing about owning/ pwoning a pair of Slow and Steady Wins The Race canvas wedges. And now I'm actively starting to fantasize about turning that fantasy into reality. Whoopsers. Only thing holding me back: they're four inches high. Why can't we just do two inches and CALL it four? Can I do a four-inch heel without some kind of deleterious ankle pronation situation that lands me on my ass all summer? That'd suck. But just like this is my Summer of Fitness, MIGHT this be my Summer of the Wedge?

($100, Slow And Steady Wins The Race,

($115, Slow And Steady Wins The Race,

($100, Slow And Steady Wins The Race,
Why, in my entire life on this earth, has the idea of canvas wedges even crossed my mind, much less my browser? Shame on me.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Two Great (Bridal) Shoes, Two Very Different Prices

Recently I thought I found the absolute purrrrfect wedding shoe: The Stuart Weitzman "Oboe."

Wedge so you don't sink in the grass, extremely cute bow, dyeable to any color your heart or shoe man can dream up...just utterly best. Except for the price tag: $360. That could pay for, say, a second reception dress! Sadly, the Oboe was not a play I could make.

Turns out I'm gonna be sinking in the grass (hopefully not too much), because I did just go ahead and buy those oft-discussed Melissa Anglomania shoes with the red hearts (from Epaulet, of course). But if I was getting married inside? I'd totally go for these:

Nina Electra pump in ivory, $80. Again: $80. Someone, please, get married in these!

Then go on your island honeymoon and wear these wherever you go:

Steven "Bianna" sandal, $120. (Or purchase the identical knockoff at Alloy, as I will. Thanks to Cheap Chicas for the tip!)

In other shoe news, I think I'll get these huaraches for the summer:

Jeffrey Campbell "Gloria Tie" sandals, $84.
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